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About the Snail Kite

The Snail Kite is a bird of prey that lives the Everglades in Florida through Central America and into South America as far south as southern Brazil. These beautiful birds are specially adapted to get aquatic snails from their shells using their deeply hooked bills.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 September 2009
Scientific Name Rostrhamus sociabilis
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Rostrhamus
  • R. sociabilis
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14.2 to 15.7 inches
47 inches
12.7 to 20.1 ounces
Range South Africa North America Central America Caribbean United States (East)

International Names

  • Gavião-caramujeiro (Brazilian)
  • 食螺鸢 (Chinese)
  • Luněc bažinný (Czech)
  • Snegleglente (Danish)
  • Slakkewouw (Dutch)
  • Kotilohaukka (Finnish)
  • Milan des Marais (French)
  • Schneckenweih (German)
  • Nibbio delle Everglades (Italian)
  • タンニシトビ (Tanishitobi) (Japanese)
  • Snegleglente (Norwegian)
  • Slimakojad Czerwonooki (Polish)
  • Общественный коршун-слизнеед (Russian)
  • Caracolero Común (Spanish)
  • Snäckglada (Swedish)

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